Surrey Scorchers announced this morning that Tayo Ogedengbe has returned to the club for a sixth season at Surrey Sports Park.
The team Captain has been an ever-present part of the team since the franchise was rebranded in 2015 and is showing no signs of slowing down, averaging 16 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the BBL Championship last season.
The 33-year-old is one of the most experienced players in British basketball with over a decade of professional experience, including stints with Guildford Heat, London Lions, Glasgow Rocks and in France with Calais Basket Cheminots.
He lifted the British Basketball All-Stars Championship at the Copper Box Arena in 2018, and is eager to add to his trophy haul in Scorchers colours.
“It’s great to be back,” said Tayo. “Everyone knows I love playing here, I’ve made this place my home, so it’s great to continue and help the team build and compete for a Championship and some silverware.
“[Previous signing] Hassan is a big signing, I know Coach Creon has had that in the works for a while now. I’ve known Rashad for a while, I’ve played against him many times in the last five years, he’s a great player and a good teammate, so I’m happy to have him on the team.
“I’m building back into game shape and we are working hard in the bubble to get back on court.
“With Rashad and myself, and others we have coming in, it should be exciting basketball and it will lead to a lot of wins on the board.”
Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos added: “Everybody knows what a great pro Tayo is. He made a commitment to this franchise a number of years ago, and he’s still got the same appetite to win with Surrey.
“I’m hoping with the squad we are putting together, they can feed off all of the energy and sacrifice that he puts in. We’ve always done well with young players, who have learned the trade as we go along.
“But one of our most successful teams, if you look back, was 2017-18 with Alex Owumi and Gerald Robinson, who gave us a blend of experience along with upcoming young guys like Tony Hicks. Getting the likes of Rashad and Tayo is something to look forward to.
“I haven’t had that amount of experience on a regular basis, so to start the season with them is a really exciting thing.”